Nazareth Home President/CEO Mary Haynes discusses employee culture amid ‘Best Places to Work’ recognition

Nazareth Home was recognized by Louisville Business First as one of the Best Places to Work in Greater Louisville for 2022. In addition to providing person-centered health and wellness services for individuals and families, one of Nazareth Home’s top priorities has always been to foster a positive work culture in which employees are valued and fulfilled in their career. 

In light of this honor, Nazareth Home President/CEO Mary Haynes was recently interviewed by Lisa Benson, President and Publisher of Louisville Business First, for the business journal’s “Executive Insights” online video series. During the interview, Haynes discusses the strategic leadership factors behind Nazareth Home’s employee culture.

Haynes explains that as an organization sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth Home embodies the charisms of the sisters, one of which is “hospitality.” At Nazareth Home, this extends not only to acceptance of an individual, but also acceptance of their unique views, choices and perspectives.

“That is very important to us, and we’re very proud that it is picked up on by people who both come to visit here and by the people who live and work here,” she said.

A key foundation for building a positive employee culture at Nazareth Home is emphasizing trust among employees. Haynes said this starts with having integrity in leadership.

“Everything we do at Nazareth Home, every action we take is to build trust and integrity and strong relationships,” she said.

Effective communication is also key, Haynes said. She said this became especially evident amid COVID-19, as new safety precautions were implemented and multiple modes of communication were implemented to keep employees, elders and their families up-to-date.

“Our communication really stepped up because we were 100 percent dependent on each other,” she said. “Plus, we had to keep the elders informed and we had to keep their families informed. Communication became a daily priority and I think that transparency and the accountability we used during that time positioned us to be where we are today.”

In addition to experiencing a great employee culture, employees at Nazareth Home also are provided with competitive pay, exceptional benefits and rewarding interactions with the elders they serve. Those interested in learning about career opportunities at Nazareth Home’s two Louisville campuses can visit nazhome.org/careers.

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